Does Pence South Carolina Speech Signal 2024 Presidential Run?
Former Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t been seen or heard from much since attending Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20. The former Indiana governor and radio talk show host returned to his home state and generally remained below the media radar. Last week, though, he published an opinion piece for the conservative Heritage Foundation in which he baselessly claimed he is concerned the 2020 presidential election was something other than rightfully decided.
Today comes word that Pence will leave the Hoosier state to deliver his first post-vice presidential speech April 29 in South Carolina. The Associated Press reports that Pence will deliver the keynote address at a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative Christian nonprofit that plays a crucial role in the presidential nominating process. Dave Wilson, president of Palmetto Family, said Pence will speak to between 450 and 600 guests at a ticketed, sponsored dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Political observers will be monitoring the appearance closely for any indication that Pence is considering a presidential run and for any signs of the status of his relationship with twice-impeached former guy Donald Trump, who did nothing to pull back the insurrectionist rioters who hunted for Pence in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and chanted their desire to hang him.
Palmetto Family Council is the ideal venue for Pence to make his post-Trump administration coming out. The council lobbies for what it considers to be “biblical values” and opposes anything other than heterosexual marriage and opposes LGTBQ rights. The group also helped get enacted a law that bans almost all abortions in South Carolina, although that measure is being challenged in court.
South Carolina is a crucial state in any presidential election cycle. It holds the first presidential primaries in the South and most candidates of both major parties typically spend more than a year in the state ahead of those votes. The state proved crucial to jump-starting candidate Biden’s bid for the White House.